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>> welcome to aljazeera america. these are the stories we're following. an ultimatum in ukraine, russian telling forces in the crimea to surrender. >> this cannot be the way in the 21st century to conduct international affairs. >> the international community trying to respond to russia's occupation. >> oscar pistorius pleading not guilty as he goes on trial for killing his if i recall friend.
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>> without rapport, we don't have intervention. >> police officers trying to change the lives of people they keep having to arrest. >> we begin with new developments out of ukraine, russia ordering ukrainian navy to surrender. the united nations security council holding a meeting on ukraine this afternoon and vice president biden urging to pull back all russian forces that in country, russia ordering two navy bases to surrender. russian troops also in the capitol of crimea. nick shiver joins us live. you are in the capital, what you are seeing there on the ground? >> on the ground right now, we're seeing right outside the capitol is a very strange scene,
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you've got ukrainian base or what used to be ukrainian bases for now full of russian soldiers. we just visited one you where the russian flag is flying, russian soldiers flying between two sides of the base on opposite sides of the street. i talked to a mother carrying hear daughter that said that she welcomed them. down the road, there is an armory in which also russian soldiers are digging trenches. people are coming up to them, trying to deliver food, trying to thank them for coming in, many, many people across the crimean peninsula suggesting that they are welcoming these russian soldiers. they do feel much closer to russia than the west. the fear is now, though, that with this ultimatum that's being delivered by the russian navy to the ukrainian navy down on the coast that this will escalate, even though there's been absolutely no resistance by the ukrainian military, the russians
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seem to feel they need to take this one step further and actually disarm two war ships from the ukrainian and we don't know yet del, how the ukrainian military or government's going to respond to the ultimate item. >> you say no idea how they are going to respond. what are the people saying concerning the troops they're seeing on the ground. >> i think there's a real divide in the crimea. obviously there are many people and i've seen them today going up to these russians bases, or ukrainian bases occupied by russian troops and thanking them, but we've also spent a lot of time today with the tartar community, the community that feels much stronger to kiev and the west and the majority of people on the peninsula feeling closer to russia, but a good minority, perhaps 30% who would not agree with that, so there is a real tension on the streets.
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on the streets in these bases, completely controlled by the russian military. >> nick shiffrin, thank you very much. that is of course the capitol of the crimean section of ukraine. this latest ultimatum following standoffs by russian and ukrainian troops on the ground there. we have more. >> they arrived in blocked access to the naval base in eastern crimea. inside, the ukrainian servicemen have so far refused to surrender. residents of the village have turned up to lend support to the russians who are surrounding the base. the russian soldiers are leaving it up to the people to convince the ukrainians inside to switch sides. >> the soldiers pledge to be loyal to ukraine and the real government chosen by the ukraineens, if they put their guns down and join the crimean people, we will protect them and
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be very grateful to them. i hope they make the right choice. >> people are angry, suspicious and feel betrayed by the new pro western government in kiev. america, women not let you through, they shout. while kiev accuses the russians of invading crimea, for many among the ethnic majority who live here, they are safe years. they have been been taking over installations. further north, we found an air field now under russian control. the soldiers don't talk much but we know was deployed from russia two days ago and doesn't know how long he'll be here. there may be an answer to that at the bored their separates the peninsula and rue crane's mainland where the soldiers are believe an encampment. we were prevented from filming but a commander identified
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himself as a cossack from southern russia. >> russian came here and then we will go back home after the referendum. after that, the crimean people will make their decision and determine their status for all the world. >> crimes ethnic russians see the vote as a chance of distancing themselves from a country they thought they never truly belonged to. >> we will never become one nation with the western part of ukraine, because we have different mentalities. their heroes are our enemies, our hero are the soviet soldiers who saved us mom the in his decease. >> many here feel the russian soldiers' presence is a necessity while they continue their quest for greater autonomy from ukraine.
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>> meanwhile world leaders are pressuring russia to loosen its grip on the crimean peninsula but no signs of movement on the diplomatic front. phil ittner is in kiev. what's happening there right now? >> a lot of activity here. an awful lot of anxiety, as well, del. we had here today the british foreign secretary. he came in to give moral support to the government, also to 10 a message to the russians that they should respect the territorial integrity of ukraine, perhaps boltered by the show of support from the international community, ukrainian prime minister took a moment out to take a very strong swipe at moscow. >> we urge russian federation urgently to pull back its military, because it's crystal clear that russia invaded rue craneian territory with no
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reason at all. >> they may be demanding the russians pull back but have no intention from any information that we are getting of doing anything of the sort. of course, there's going to be a full court press by the international community, secretary of state john kerry is still planning to be here tomorrow. there will be a number of phone calls around, including apparently vice president biden on the phone with prime minister medvedev, so lots going on here. >> do we have any idea about what the russians are saying about this crisis so far? >> the russians are still staying very strong on what they think is the right thing to do. they say they are coming in to protect people. this is what foreign minister had to see about their motivation for going into crimea. >> this is a question of
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defending our citizens and compatriots and ensuring human life especially the right to life. those trying to interpret the situation as aggression and threatening us with sanctions and boy cots are the same partners who have been consistently encouraging the political powers close to them to declare ultimate items and renounce dialogue. >> also in a very strong show of force, del, today, vladimir putin, the president of russia tweeting pictures of a spot inspection of those troops who lion the border region between ukraine and russia. now he's visiting troops that are currently conducting war games. they say those war games were planned months ago and is not about the current situation. given the environment, obviously this is having a serious effect here in ukraine. we have heard in late-breaking news or in late evening news that the ukrainians are so concerned about this that they're moving security forces
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up to the border in areas in the north and the east of the country, not in crimea, so clearly, the ukrainians are very afraid about a larger conflict with russia, not just crimea. >> i was fascinated because i hear these people in the crimean region speaking to our reporters. you're fluent in russian. these people who are speaking in crimea are speaking in russian versus those in kiev speaking ukrainian. >> absolutely right. i mean, there are long standing relationships between russia and ukraine. there's a sense of pride in this part of the country, signs are not in russian, they're in ukrainian, a different letter alphabet. certainly in crimea, predominantly they do speak russian. language is a big issue and it's been made a big issue by the russians themselves, because there's been a plan to make ukrainian the official language
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and push russian out of the schools. of course, that makes the russian population in ukraine absolutely inpur infuriated. culture is part of this and that in many ways is what they are fighting about. >> the situation having a major impact on the world's financial markets, the dow lower right now 232 points. it has been in negative territory by triple digits all morning, exchanges in london, paris and frankfurt dropping as much as 3% today. >> in russia, moscowed main stock market falling 11%, raising interest rates to boost the ruble, the currency dipped to a record low against the dollar in trading today. the situation in ukraine could be affecting how much you pay at the pump. russia, one of the world's largest producers of oil and fears are that a possible disruption in supplies is driving oil prices higher by more than 2%, one market watcher
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saying that it will trickle down to your wallet. >> if anybody else, it's going to be a risk premium built in unless of course the situation in ukraine is contained just in crimea quite quickly. certainly i don't think any of this is going to die down over the next few days. >> triple-a saying the average price $3.46 for a gallon of regular gas. safer bets like gold is up, investors are flocking to treasuries driving down interest rates. the even year note and yield down about 6%. the aljazeera america tonight will have an in depth one hour special on ukraine featuring real life stories from people who live in the crimea region and look at how life has changed with that shift of power there. that airs tonight at 9:00 p.m.
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eastern time. >> the launch in response to annual military drills taking place between the u.s. and south korea, two you asked missiles were fired earlier to do by north korea, thursday, they launched four missiles. >> carnival festival is underway, but overshadowed by growing protests, tens of thousands filling the streets, some wearing costumes. they are angry about rising inflation and high crime, calling for a new government. those demonstrations have been going on for weeks. >> an attack on a courthouse in islamabad, gunman opening fire, killing a senior judge and two attorneys, coming just days after a ceasefire with the taliban. the pakistan pal ban denies involvement in this particular
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attack. >> president obama is meeting with israeli prime minister netten yahoo at the white house. the two were meeting peace prospects during his visit. he will address the american-israeli public affairs committee, the largest gathering of america's pro israel community. what have we heard coming from the stage today? >> senator john mccain was the main speaker this morning and jumped right into foreign policy, starting with ukraine. he said what happens in ukraine directly impacts the middle east, which he says has big implications for israel and is vital to israel's existest. he was connecting those foreign policy dots, very critical of the obama administration foreign policy. he hit some points directly related to that. starting with ukraine he said while there's not a time right now for military action, he thinks all options should be on the table and the obama
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administration shouldn't limit itself. >> we with economic sanctions, there's a broad away of options that we have. this is the ultimate result of a foreign policy where nobody believes in america's strength anymore! >> >> senator mccains direct kit six, he talked iran, one of the main issues being talked about here in the foreign policy spectrum. he is one of the members of congress who wants to impose sanctions on iran as a failsafe if it fails to live up to its bargain over nuclear capabilities. some say there will be sanctions to kick in immediately if iran pulls back anymore. here's what he had to say about that. >> the only alternatei to compromising on our terms is
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more crippling sanctions or worse. the senate should pass new bipartisan sanctions legislation that would take affect if the current negotiations don't succeed. >> this gets to senator mccain's broader issues. he said if the obama administration doesn't look serious on the world stage generally white house threats won't be taken seriously. that can have a ripple effect in the region. >> is there anything else to be discussed this year? >> certainly potential for middle east peace talks. we'll watch secretary of state john kerry speak later today. president obama will not be here, but secretary kerry has been the administration point person on middle east peace negotiations, so expect to hear him hit some refrains on that note and we'll watch to see what comes out of the meeting between
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prime minister netanyahu and president obama. president obama talked to bloomberg yesterday and gave a sense of the importance he's placing on the middle east peace process. it's a big focus. >> thank you very much. >> in new york city, jury selection began today in the trial of osama bin laden's son-in-law, charged with conspiring to kill americans in the september 11 attacks. he is the highest profile member of al-qaeda to be prosecuted in civilian court. >> the trial is underway here at the federal courthouse in lower manhattan, the 48-year-old kuwaity is charged with conspiracy to kill americans and supporting terrorist organizations, known for being osama bin laden's son-in-law. he's also remembered for taking part in videos in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, 2001 with osama bin laden and currently
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leaderral is a wary pleading not to take commercial flights to muslims because they will be flying bombs coming into america. he is charged with conspiracy to bring down an airliner flying from paris to miami in december, 2001. he denies all the charges against him. if found guilty, he could spend life in prison in domestic federal prison here in the united states. part of his defense is this is a case of mistaken identity, the authorities picked up the wrong man, confused him with somebody with a very similar name in guantanamo bay. it's likely to last around one month. >> oscar pistorius pleading not guilty in the shooting death of his girlfriend. what fellow south africans are saying about the case that is
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grabbing global attention.
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>> only on al jazeera america. >> welcome back to aljazeera america. i'm del walters, russia giving ukraine an ultimatum at this hour, calling on the naval forces in crimea to surrender, the international scrambling to respond, secretary of state john kerry going to kiev for talks. >> the trial of osama bin laden son-in-law begins, the highest member of al-qaeda to be prosecuted in civilian court. >> in africa, day one of the oscar pistorius murder trial, the blade runner pleading not guilty this morning, accused of killing his girlfriend on valentine's day last year. we have a preview of the upcoming trial. >> oscar pistorius's trial is getting a lot of attention. even though a judge hasn't heard his case yet, some people have
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already made up their minds with the olympic and paralympic runner. >> i think oscar pistorius is a good man, he did well for this country, but what happened to him was unfortunate, and i hope that he gets a fair trial. >> he did kill someone and shot her three times. if there was a brother in the house or someone, he was shooting to kill. >> on valentine's day last year, he shot his girlfriend at his luxury home in the capitol. she was a law graduate. he said he mistook her for someone trying to break into the house. prosecutors accuse him of premeditated murder. if convicted, he could go to prison for 25 years. a judge ruled that some parts of the trial can be teleadvised. some think that could jeopardize his chances of getting a fair trial. >> the media might make or break the case because that
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information that is not in the public domain might come to the public domain when the trial starts running and other witnesses might hear or see this evidence or statements made and might alter the versions that they put to the investigators. >> there are many eyes watching. journalists from around the world are outside the high court ready to broadcast every twist and turn of the court proceedings. the south african legal system does not have trial by jury, so a judge will preside over the ruling and rule whether he is guilty. >> coming up next on aljazeera america. >> almost become personally involved in their lives so we can establish a relationship of trust and confidence. >> we'll tell you about this unique program in texas that has officers dealing with repeat criminals in a whole new way.
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>> sometimes police officers are
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the first line of defense when it comes to dealing with the mentally ill. far too often, the people who need help keep getting arrested. one department in texas is trying to change things. >> as the father of seven, mike is stretched thin. >> like a referee sometimes. >> his 15-year-old has asperger's and needs extra attention. >> there's a lack of understanding of other people. >> with the exception of a texas police officer, monique hall, who met mike's son after he had run away from home. >> hi, honey, how are you? >> she is part of the democratic's repeat victimization unit breaking a pattern of responding to or arresting the same people for the same crimes. paul makes frequent visits to mike's home, becoming a familiar face to the troubled teen. >> he'll talk to her. he's excited at times to see her. >> after reviewing data, she
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noticed a trend, most of the repeat activity came from two groups, victims and offenders who suffer from mental illness or domestic violence. the unit targets two population groups attempting to build relationship and stop crime before it starts. >> almost become personally involved in their lives to establish a relationship of trust and confidence. >> ken, a liaison officer for mental health for the county, on house calls checking up to make sure individuals are current on medications and treatment, reducing the number of people if you know themed into county jail and hospitals. >> without rapport, we don't have intervention. the one thing i can say about this unit so when they go out and follow up with the client on a continuous basis, they build the rapport. >> by us interacting with them, we can see some things that maybe that an officer who gets a
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call and goes to the house is not going to know or pick up on. >> the hope is that the extra care and scrutiny will lead to fewer calls for help. >> bedford police department's statistics suggest the efforts of working. 79% of those they tracked in 2012 were no longer victimized in 2013. mike sees a welcome change in his son. >> he's been in-patient before, he has taken medicine from a psychiatrist. none of these things worked. none of them worked, this was the one single factor i can point to that had a major effect on his life. >> a change which he said inspired his siblings once influenced by their older brother's bad acts. that's good news for police who are seeing pure arrests than when the unit wasn't around. >> the snow is coming down all
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the way from eastern portions of kentucky through the virginias and all the way through the i-95 corridor where traffic is slowing down quite a bit. we've had a heavy band of snow push through, ice across southern pores of maryland here, but that's changed over to snow, temperatures have fallen nearly 40 degrees blow where they were yesterday. it's bitterly cold and that snow just continues to come down. that's the reason we have winter storm was nottings and advisories and affect mid atlantic back to portion it is of eastern kentucky. we're going to continue to deal with that here today. later tonight, the band will push offshore. it's going to be bitterly cold, that cold pushing out of the north central plains into texas, houston today at 36 degrees back toward memphis only at 18. yesterday, they were in the 60's, so it's a very chilly day. that cold air is going to be holding on for the next couple of days.
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>> we leave you with this look at wall street now, down triple digits, global markets reacting to the cries in ukraine, all around the world will affect everything from your heating oil to gas prices. the stream is next. thanks for watching. >> hi, you are sfreemz. dubbed unpolitically correct. we are joined by mel brooks, reflecting on 60 years of pushing the envelope in show bis. >> we are here and bringing your in the live feedback.